Industry Partners

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. Our comprehensive program suite covers almost all stages of business development and career advancement.

In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. We also support and invest in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. Another expanding focus for OCE is the development of the next generation of innovators through our entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario.


MaRS

MaRS

MaRS drives social and economic prosperity by leading Canada’s innovation mission.

We at MaRS envision Canadian communities that are prospering through enhanced employment prospects, the creation and retention of local wealth and an enriched cultural and social environment. To realize this vision, we foster and promote Canadian innovation. MaRS helps create successful global businesses from Canada’s science, technology and social innovation.

MaRS provides resources — people, programs, physical facilities, funding and networks — to ensure that critical innovation happens. We stimulate, identify and harness great ideas, nurture their development and guide the transformation of those ideas into reality. We measure our success through the companies that emerge after receiving help from MaRS.

NSERC

NSERC

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.



Grenville Strategic Royalty

Grenville Strategic Royalty

Grenville Strategic Royalty Inc. provides a refreshingly new approach. With a focus on industrial and technology companies, we offer a creative way for entrepreneurs and long-time business owners to secure the investment they need, without the shackles of traditional equity capital and bank lenders.

We incorporated in 2013 as Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp., and became the first company in Canada to offer Simplified Capital using a royalty-based finance solution. For the companies we invest in, we provide the freedom they need to reach their goals, while taking none of the typical board seats, or ownership stakes required by equity capital providers.

GreenSky Capital

GreenSky Capital

GreenSky Capital - Incubator, accelerator, investor, broker, advisor – GreenSky Capital has been described many ways but our underlying passion is investing our time and money in early stage IT, CleanTech, Medtech and other technology companies to take them from Seed to Success. Having founded, funded, built and exited multiple companies we have the experience, the scars, and the network to guide exceptional entrepreneurs on a high-growth path to success.

NRC-IRAP

NRC-IRAP

The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada's innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind.

Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Toronto Atmospheric Fund

The City of Toronto established Toronto Atmospheric Fund in 1991 to focus on reducing local greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. Working with a $23 million endowment from the sale of the long-closed Langstaff Jail Farm, TAF operates as an arms-length agency at no cost to the City. TAF helps the City achieve the targets set out in the Council-approved climate plan and supports energy cost savings through energy efficiency. TAF-supported projects such as a streetlighting retrofit, traffic light LED conversion, and building retrofits have generated $55 million in savings for the city to date.

SOFII

SOFII

Launched by the Government of Canada in July 2012, the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) is supported through FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative and is being delivered by the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) Association and the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc. SOFII provides interest-bearing business loans to support innovation and growth in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the region.

Tower Labs

Tower Labs

TowerLabs was founded by Tridel and the MaRS Discovery District.

As Canada's largest builder of green condominiums, Tridel is on the leading edge of a transformation of the built environment. Since 2006, the company has initiated development of approximately 8.5 million square feet of new construction in 22 highrise communities pursuing certification by the LEED green building rating system. On average, Tridel communities reduce electricity by approximately 30% and natural gas consumption by almost 45%. This results in the elimination of over 12,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, and a substantial energy cost savings for condominium owners. At the same time, Tridel has cut water consumption by at least one-third and specifies low-emitting finishes and innovative ventilation solutions to ensure a healthy indoor environment.

Centennial College

Centennial College

Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Almost 100 ethno cultural groups are represented and 80 languages are spoken on campus.


George Brown College

George Brown College

CLOSE TO EMPLOYERS. CLOSER TO YOUR FUTURE.

George Brown is closely connected to industry and community employers, which gives our students great opportunities to network and gain real work experience. Our programs are designed with the help of leaders from industry and community organizations, so the skills you learn in the classroom are the ones you need for the job.